- a shoulder-shaped frame with a hook at the top, usually of wire, wood, or plastic, for draping and hanging a garment when not in use.
- a part of something by which it is hung, as a loop on a garment.
- a contrivance on which things are hung, as a hook.
- Automotive. a double-hinged device linking the chassis with the leaf springs on vehicles having solid axles.
- a light saber of the 17th and 18th centuries, often worn by sailors.
- a person who hangs something.
Origin of hanger
Examples from the Web for hangers
The center-right hedge fund clique known as Third Way, and associated Blue Dogs and hangers on.One of the Midterms’ Little-Noticed Big Losers: The NRA
November 10, 2014
The café can sit about 20 people, has a cozy atmosphere, beautiful paintings and hangers for scarves and manteaux.Tehran’s Underground Speakeasies
June 15, 2014
Hangers on who get in touch with girls and still write things like, ‘If you get into the industry you can make $20,000 a month.’The Adult Industry Doesn’t Pay! (As Much As You Think)
November 23, 2013
They are the pothooks and hangers of surgery, and I have gone that far.Lord Kilgobbin
The other fellows are just hangers on—camp followers, so to speak.The Grammar School Boys of Gridley
H. Irving Hancock
Bosco Blithers, professor of penmanship and author of “Pot-hooks and Hangers.”Three Hats
Some ran to the guns, others got hold of their hangers and small-arms.Roger Willoughby
William H. G. Kingston
“If we do, we must keep one eye open and our hangers by our sides,” observed Tubbs.The Two Supercargoes
- any support, such as a hook, strap, peg, or loop, on or by which something may be hung
- See coat hanger
- a person who hangs something
- (in combination)paperhanger
- a bracket designed to attach one part of a mechanical structure to another, such as the one that attaches the spring shackle of a motor car to the chassis
- a wood on a steep hillside, characteristically beech growing on chalk in southern England
- a loop or strap on a sword belt from which a short sword or dagger was hung
- the weapon itself
Word Origin and History for hangers
early 15c., "one who hangs (something)," especially "hangman;" agent noun of hang (v.). Meaning "something that is suspended" is late 15c. Meaning "thing from which something is hung" is from 1690s. Specifically of coat or dress hangers from 1873. Hanger-on is from 1540s.